Peter Cotton was one of the architects at the heart of the CDO market but got out before the wheels came off the wagon. He left Morgan Stanley in 2007 to form venture-funded Julius Finance, a "model-fusion specialist" which promises "unprecedented visibility for market derived pricing and analytics" for the $58 trillion credit derivatives market.

Cotton, equipped with a PhD in math from Stanford University, believes his better mousetrap can get things back on track.

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